Category: Education

The Great Books Reader: A Giveaway

The Great Books Reader is the tapas of the great books canon. If you don’t know, ‘tapas’ is a Spanish appetizer that, over time, became popular and sophisticated enough that entire bars are dedicated to only serving it.  The analogy...

/ September 28, 2011

Top Posts for August

They’re coming a little late this month, as last weekend (when I normally put them together) was a busy one for me.  But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the most popular and interesting posts during the month of...

/ September 12, 2011

One Book for College

Matt asked a few of us here at Mere-O to write a post on the one book everyone should read in college. Over the next couple of days some of the other writers will have their say, but today is...

/ September 8, 2011

Four Things Questions Can Do

With the discussion surrounding Rob Bell, it occurs to me that questions could become an innocent bystander in the mess.  Bell’s book apparently has some 350 questions, about half of which are in his now infamous book trailer (that is, my friends,...

/ March 15, 2011

TFA 20: Gladwell, Steinam, and Lewis

My first breakout session had Malcolm Gladwell facilitating a discussion between civil rights advocate and US Representative John Lewis, feminist Gloria Steinam, and a director of La Raza (didn’t catch the name, seemed like a big deal). I have fundamental...

/ February 12, 2011

TFA 20: What Christians can remind public educators

If you were a baker, and the flour was brought to you full of maggots and worms, you could not be expected to produce good bread.” This statement was made in the Colorado House of Representatives by Max Tyler (D-Lakewood),...

/ February 12, 2011

Live Blogging TFA 20: Welcome Session

I’m writing this from the opening ceremonies of Teach For America’s 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. More than 11,000 alumni, corps members, staff, partners, and donors have gathered to celebrate Teach For America’s role in education reform and the...

/ February 12, 2011

Review of “One Day, All Children…”

Over the last twenty years, Teach For America has led 21,000 of the nation’s brightest young people into public education in low-income communities, where roughly 60% of them have stayed. Less than half of traditionally-trained teachers stay more than two...

/ February 7, 2011

The Role of Ideologies in Christian Education

Can Christian higher education be non-ideological? Can Christian higher education divorce itself from raising issues of political implications? In a word: Absolutely not. Recently, I came across an interesting article from a former adjunct teacher at King’s College. King’s College,...

/ January 20, 2011

McKinsey Report on US Teacher Quality

Today I received on my desk an advanced copy of Wendy Kopp’s new book. In addition to being one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2008, Kopp is my boss, many times removed. She’s the founder and CEO of...

/ January 12, 2011